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Odell Beckham Jr. Will Donate $500K to Repair Fields Damaged in Louisiana Floods

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants looks on prior to a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on August 27, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Giants defeated the Jets 21-20.  (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
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New York Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is putting his NFL Color Rush jersey profits to good use by helping repair football fields damaged in the recent Louisiana floods. 

The New Orleans native and former LSU standout announced on Twitter that the first $500,000 spent on his Color Rush jersey will go toward the cause:

Odell Beckham Jr @OBJ_3

.@NIKE Color Rush jersey tho! First $500K will be for fields lost in the Louisiana floods. https://t.co/iKAUujgC8S https://t.co/xca3Da36oj

Per Holly Yan of CNN, the August flooding damaged 60,000 homes, led to 13 deaths and was the result of an estimated 6.9 trillion gallons of rain ravaging Louisiana over the course of a week.

Beckham remains proud of his New Orleans roots, as evidenced by the cleats he wore prior to the Giants' Week 2 win over the Saints, courtesy of ESPN's Darren Rovell:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Shoe artist @k_obrand says these are Odell Beckham Jr.'s pregame cleats today vs Saints https://t.co/3QgcqhpcOF

According to Spotrac.com, the two-time Pro Bowler has a cap hit of roughly $2.8 million this season, which is modest considering his production (90-plus catches and 1,300-plus yards in each of his two campaigns).

And while Beckham is in line for a massive contract once his rookie deal expires at the end of the 2017 season, his donating $500,000 is no small gesture.

       

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